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Garden Glamour Shot through the new back door that I spent two weeks altering to have a very sturdy doggie door:
So here’s what the coop looks like now. We’re planning improvements, but if I wait till “everything” is “done” then you’ll get pics when I’m dead. So!
The doors into the coop have big vents with two different layers of welded wire. Also four points of security on them… but we’re going to add another. We have The Local Animal Wildlife Highway (creek) running through the backyard, which means raccoons, opossums, deer, foxes, cats, dogs, goats, sheep, rats, mice, voles, moles, and other fun things walking about regularly. So, yeah. Another cane brace. Maybe too.
I forgot to turn all of the planters we have over… so some rain collected. And so we got (don’t ask me how) some Pacific Coast Chorus frogs.
They are my absolute favorite frogs in the whole world. They used to send me to sleep at night. I’m planning to create a habitat for them next rainy season!
Alert (AKA Neurovore), Agnes (AKA Bossy), Alice (AKA The Stoner). Alert is crazy aware of possible threats, Agnes is even bossier than I am, and Alice is ANYWHERE THE FOOD IS OH YEAH MUNCHIES MAN!!!!!
New chook run! Once it gets above 50 so I can feel my fingers, I’ll put up the rest of the stringers, attach the chain-link fence base at the back and drill holes for the runners for the popdoor to the “back 40″. And yes, that table is standard size for four or five people: that’s a big patio!
So the artichoke seedlings have come up. Well, most of them have. The Violetta seeds are sulking; the rest have about a 75-95% germination rate, which I’m told is very good. The process for starting Artichokes is pretty much the same as starting almost any plant from seed, so I’ll go into detail this time ’round.
First I soaked the seeds overnight, then put two to a container in nicely dampened seed starting mix. My seed mix is 2 parts fine peat moss to two parts potting soil to one part homemade compost, sifted well. I did at least three containers of each type, yes they are labeled with duct tape, here you can see the front ranks of the rows: